Steamed Orange Roughy with Buckwheat Noodles and a Stir-Fry of Morels and Asparagus

posted: 06/30/10

Take Home Chef, Episode 38: Nicole N.'s Menu


  • 3 cups/680 ml chicken stock
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • 1/4 bunch fresh flat leaf parsley, leaves separated from stalks
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4 filets orange roughy
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 ounces/170 g buckwheat noodles
  • 4 tablespoons/50 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • One 1-pound/460-g bunch asparagus, trimmed, halved lengthwise
  • 8 ounces/225 g fresh morel mushrooms, quartered lengthwise
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced


  1. In a wok, combine the chicken stock, quartered lemon, parsley stalks and thyme. Place the wok over medium-high heat and bring the stock to a boil. Place the filets of orange roughy in the bamboo steamer. Sprinkle the filets with salt and pepper.
  2. Place the bamboo steamer over the boiling liquid in the wok. Cover the steamer and steam the fish for 4 to 6 minutes depending on thickness of filets, or until the fish is opaque and just cooked through. Once the fish is cooked, remove the steamer from the wok. In a large saucepan, bring 2 cups/475 ml of water to a boil over high heat.
  3. Strain the stock from the wok into the saucepan of boiling water. Return the liquid to a boil. Add the noodles to the boiling liquid and cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until al dente, stirring often. Heat 2 tablespoons/25 ml of olive oil in the wok over medium-high heat. Swirl the wok to coat with the oil.
  4. Add the asparagus and morels and stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic to the wok and saut? for 1 minute. Sprinkle the lemon zest and lemon juice over the vegetables and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Toss the stir-fried vegetables with 3 tablespoons/40 ml of the noodle cooking liquid. Remove from heat. Strain the noodles from the cooking liquid, then season the noodles to taste with salt and pepper. Toss the noodles with 1 tablespoon/15 ml of olive oil.
  6. Using a two-pronged carving fork, twist the noodles around the fork and divide them among 4 plates. Place 1 orange roughy filet over each plate of noodles. Divide the stir-fried vegetable among the 4 plates. Drizzling the remaining 1 tablespoon/15 ml of olive oil over and around the fish. Finely chop the parsley leaves and sprinkle over the fish, and serve.
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